Brasilia, Brazil Diversion of Brazil’s Madeira River has begun as part of the construction of the Santo Antonio hydropower project, wire services reported.
Brazilian state-run power company Eletrobras Furnas said the operation will mean the start of the gradual filling of the hydro plant’s reservoir, Business News Americas reported.
Furnas said the 3,150-MW hydro project will start commercial operations by December.
Furnas holds a 39 percent stake in the Madeira Energia group that controls Santo Antônio Energia, owner of the hydroelectric power plant.
Madeira Energia also includes Odebrecht with a 1 percent stake, its subsidiary Odebrecht Investimentos em Infra-estrutura (18 percent), Andrade Gutierrez Participacoes (12 percent) and local power company Cemig) (10 percent).